Stefanik Compromises On Religious Liberty Once Again

On December 6, 2019, nine congressional Republicans introduced a pro-LGBT bill known as the Fairness for All Act (H.R. 5331). Sadly, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is one of them.

The Fairness for All Act is described as an attempt to reach a middle ground between religious institutions and LGBT interest groups. The Act would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Its supporters contend that it is superior to the so-called Equality Act in that it contains some provisions that protect religious freedom. According to Christianity Today, the bill: (a) would not apply to churches or faith-based charities; (b) would allow faith-based adoption agencies to place children only in homes that feature a married mother and father; and (c) would not apply to small businesses with 14 or fewer employees. The bill’s immediate prospects are dim, as it is opposed by many Democrats (who want the Equality Act to become law) and by many conservatives and Christians (who believe that it goes too far in accommodating LGBT concerns).

Tim Schultz, president of the 1st Amendment Partnership, asks, “‘What are the available alternatives [to the Fairness for All Act]?’” Answering his own question, Schultz says, “‘Just hoping for permanent gridlock on this issue and just opposing LGBT rights ferociously at every turn. For practical reasons and, frankly, for witness-of-the-church reasons, that alternative is quite unattractive.’”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms disagrees with Mr. Schultz and the other supporters of the Fairness Act. This legislation treats sexual and gender confusion as rights to be protected. Because of that (and for many other reasons), it cannot receive Christian support. We also disagree with the proposition that capitulation and gridlock are the only two options for Christians dealing with LGBT issues.  As far as alternatives are concerned, we propose this: Keep telling the truth and trust the Lord for the outcome.